Israel’s future could be on the line in Iraq
By Frank Smyth, January 20, 2007, Newsday

For all the talk about Iraq and whether we should send more troops, one subject seems almost too delicate to bring up: Israel. What happens to America’s closest ally in the Middle East if the Bush administration loses Iraq to a wider war marked by more anarchy and violence?

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Time for Hard Choices on Leaving Iraq
By Frank Smyth, August 9, 2006, Newsday

While the unexpected crisis involving Israel and Lebanon rages on with no end in sight, the United States needs to stay focused on the Iraqi crisis of its own making. Lately, even the most articulate supporters of that war have finally declared that our efforts there are…

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A war ‘shock and awe’ didn’t win
By Frank Smyth, March 21, 2006, Newsday

Remember when the Bush administration launched its “shock and awe” campaign across Iraq? Even hardened critics were left starstruck watching the bombs rain down on Baghdad and other targets three years ago this week. It was as if the United States were flaunting its firepower while saying to hostile states and forces around the…

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Iraq: No Consensus, No Constitution
By Frank Smyth, August 19, 2005, Newsday

Iraqi negotiators are as likely to agree on a constitution by Monday’s new deadline as American troops are likely to leave Iraq anytime soon. If leaders ultimately fail to reach a consensus, however, we could end up occupying Iraq for years…

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Next test: insurgents
By Frank Smyth, February 1, 2005, Newsday

The Bush administration looks like it has finally scored a ringing success in Iraq. But, if one objective of Sunday’s elections was to help defeat Iraq’s ongoing insurgencies, then the exercise failed.

The question now is how Iraq’s next government will handle the insurgents. Before Sunday, they threatened voters. But U.S. troops led the effort to secure polling stations, while more than half of Iraq’s eligible voters defied insurgent threats and exercised their first real chance for self-empowerment in history.

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Hasty elections could divide Iraq
By Frank Smyth, October 8, 2004, Newsday

No matter which candidate wins in November, he will face his first challenge in Iraq. President George W. Bush keeps promising that Iraq’s first national elections will be held in January, even if they only take place, as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said…

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U.S. shouldn’t rely on Iraq’s yes men
By Frank Smyth, May 5, 2004, Newsday

How did we end up in such a fix in Iraq? We did what we have long done abroad: We sought out not the foreigners whom we still need to work with, but the exiles who were most like us. The practice of imposing unpopular proxies hardly began with this Bush administration…

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